Short-term Mission Team Leaders:

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For general information about SIFAT’s short-term mission teams, visit our team page. Room is still available for 2009 mission teams. If you are interested in leading a team from your church or being added to an existing team, contact Peggy Walker,

Our current intern in Ixiamas, Bolivia, is 2008 Practicum graduate Becky Forrest. During Practicum, Becky shared her experience on our blog. Now that she is in an intetn in Bolivia, she will post updates as our interns in 2008 did. Becky served on short-term mission trips in 2007 and 2008 in Ixiamas.

I can’t believe I have been in Ixiamas for more than a month. Time is just flying. Everything is going well here. I started my English and computer classes today. I am sure I will learn much more than the kids will. I just pray I will be able to do a good job for them. I am a little nervous, since I have never really been a teacher before, but I am trusting God to give me what I need to instruct the kids of the internado. After the classes get going well, we are going to offer English classes to the kids in town. So, everyone please pray for my teaching abilities.

I wanted to share with everyone about the internado animals today. I’ll start with the dogs. Scotty and Stronger are not really internado dogs any more, since they have chosen to spend more time as town strays.  They show up from time to time when they want a rest. Somehow, they always know when we are in town. The first Sunday I was here we were sitting in church and here comes Scotty. He just walks right in over to Rachel and curls up at her feet for a nap. When any of us are in town, they just always come up to greet us. A couple of weeks ago Sneakers became an adult female dog and Stronger was her protector when several of the male dogs from town came to visit in the middle of the night. We feel like the pups should be arriving around the first of May and that Stronger is the father It is hard to believe that Sneakers–the cute little pup from last summer–is going to have pups.

Then, we have Bolivar the cat. He is a very small cat and always finds a seat by some kind heart at meal time to get a few scraps of food since Sneakers never wants to share her table scraps. Believe me, no food scraps go in the trash around here. We have one pig. Actually, he is a large hog that we hope will sire more pigs now that the new pig house is finished. He sort of wrecked the wooden house he had and now has a nice brick one with a concrete floor.

One of my chores is feeding the rabbits every morning and cleaning out the cages. They get most of the kitchen scraps, and surprisingly, one of their favorites is the red onions. Last summer members of the UMVIM team I was here with helped construct the Bunny Hut. A team that followed us finished, and one of the parents put up the roof. We now have 5 rabbits: 3 females and 2 males; as soon as the females get a little older, we will start breeding. The new male we got last week is part angora, and he looked so hot that Rachel and I decided he needed a haircut yesterday. We did a very good job, and he isn’t too gapped up. I unfortunately nicked him a little trying to cut out a mat in his fur. The rabbits will help add protein to our diet when they start breeding and take a big hunk out of the food bill. I am trying not to name them, but it is really hard because they are so cute.

That just leaves the little frog that sits in my window every night to eat bugs. I hope he really likes mosquitoes because they sure do like me. I told my grandson Miles about him, and he suggested a name for him. Flamerod sometimes just sits and looks at me when I talk to him. Well that’s about it except for the horses, cows and chickens that occasionally wander in for grass that is greener on the other side of the fence, but the dogs don’t allow them to stay very long.

All of us at the Internado send our love and covet your prayers.

Grace, peace and love,



Our current intern in Ixiamas, Bolivia, is 2008 Practicum graduate Becky Forrest. During Practicum, Becky shared her experience on our blog. Now that she is in an intetn in Bolivia, she will post updates as our interns in 2008 did. Becky served on short-term mission trips in 2007 and 2008 in Ixiamas.

We are continuing the rice harvest, and I am beginning to get the feel of it, even though the kids and everyone else works rings around me. The neat thing about being out there is the sounds. There are so many different kinds of birds with some very strange sounding songs, singing constantly. One day, we were working near the tree line and things kept falling out of this really big tree. The kids said there was a monkey up there, but we never saw it. Saturday, a couple of pairs of parrots were sitting high up in a palm tree making all sorts of sounds. You can hear all the insects and their songs. The field is beautiful with really tall trees all around it, and when the wind blows in the field through the tops of rice, making a sort of rattling sound. Everyone is spread out cutting the rice tassels many times in silence just working away in their own thoughts as they cut the rice trying to get more done than the person working just a few meters away. Sometimes someone will start singing, and the song floats across the field. Occasionally, a cooling shower of rain will come along or it could be a downpour, most of the time when we leave our clothes are soaking wet from sweat. That is when I am glad to have these nice cold water showers.

Several people have asked if I am really eating rice three times a day. No, but close. Some days we have noodles. My favorite, being a southern girl, is having black-eyed peas and rice twice a week. We have an excellent cook that seasons everything really well. Several times a week, we have rice and a salad made with cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions. On Saturday, we have potato salad made with potatoes, carrots and chicken mixed up with homemade mayo. We have a little meat of some sort daily. It is usually ground beef, chicken, canned meat sort of like spam and canned fish with a tomato sauce. We have soup several times a week; one of my favorites has a grain called quinoa which is very high in protein. My least favorite breakfast is rice with beets and onions. I like beets okay, just not for breakfast. We have fried plantains with almost every meal. The rice and noodles are always browned before cooking. The reason for this I don´t know yet, except that is how it is done in Bolivia.

Thanks for all the prayers and financial support, so I can be here in Bolivia to live this fascinating journey God is taking me on.

Grace, love and peace

Hermana Rebecca (Becky)